Thursday, August 21, 2008

Graduation Day

Mom did it! We graduated. Wow, it was an eventful day, and the graduation was kinda long, but everyone was very excited. Emma is sad cause everyone at 4 Paws loves her and will miss her alot, and she saw them crying. We hope she loves her home and her work with me.

We couldn't have done this trip without my Grandma and Grandpa K, they have helped so much, read to me, played with me, helped Mom and Dad alot.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Training Day 9

Can you believe we are almost done? Tomorrow we have to meet the trainer at the mall and get tested, I think Dad is going to make Mom do it all by herself. I sure hope she passes, cause I'm ready to come home. We learned alot more about what to do when we get home, these service dogs are alot of work. Emma did well for Mom outside with hotdogs relearning how to come. She gets into trouble with that nose of hers, but the trainer is sure she will learn to detect my seizures because of that nose. She did well in the drill today, he put seizure shirts of mine in one box, and other boxes were empty. Mom led her to the boxes, asked her to check, she would sniff, and at the box with the seizure shirts she barked! Wow, it was pretty cool. Then Jeremy hid a seizure shirt under a chair, and Emma was led to the area and sniffed and sniffed, she became more excited when she got around the shirt. We will play these games when we get home, and hopefully her sniffing skills will transfer from the box to the body of me.

Mom tried to upload a video, but its not taking it, cause I had to call it a picture, cause its in my picture file. Jeepers, what a night.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Training Day 7 and 8

Hi everyone. Thanks for checking in. Seems lots going on. I have a cold and feel pretty crummy, I spent all day in bed so far, Mom had to take Emma and Grandma and Grandpa to class while Dad stayed back at the RI with me. I have had a few seizures, one when Emma wasn't here, one when she was here, but she doesn't get it yet. Jeremy the trainer said it would take time before she will get it. She's never been trained at night or in the dark. Please pray she gets it, cause Mom is sad about it so far. She is such a smart dog and is doing so well. She is so cute when she speaks when we ask her to check the bag with the seizure shirt in it.

The top picture is of our new friends Mary, Doug and Max, Next is Emma "Sitting Pretty" and the next one is Emma napping on my leg. She is just so cute.

Last night was a cookout with the other families at the RI, I sat and watched the kids swim. BJ and Caytie have been especially nice to me, Caytie played ball with me for a little while. Doug's Mom, Mary, sang Part of Your World to me while I took my pills. Everyone is so nice, and they all have their hands full.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Day 5 of Training

Lets see, this blogspot is acting up today. We had a short time of instruction, then off to Mall for training. Emma did well, but we didn't get any pics, so we are borrowing Grandpa's. Lets hope this post works. This pic shows Mom and Margs acting up, and Emma looking for the bunnies which are behind her. Love,


Friday, August 15, 2008

Day 4 of Training

Jeepers, only 6 days left. I have been lounging all day at training while Mom, Dad, Grandpa and Grandma do all the work, and so does Emma, except when she is lounging with me. I love her to lie down with me. She is doing pretty well. We took her to Max and Erma's for dinner, and she stayed "under" the table the whole time. Mom didn't have to give her too many treats. Then we drove around til we found the Meijer store, and we took Emma in there. She has to have a gentle leader around her nose cause she likes to sniff so much. I'll post some pics. We are so proud of Shawn Johnson, maybe I'll get to meet her when I get back to Valley, since Emma will be with me when she and my Mom are ready. Whoo, that's alot of people for Emma to get used to. We still love her, she's so sweet.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Day 3 of Training

woowee are we ever tired! You'd think that sitting all day and working a dog and trying to listen and watching other dogs would be so relaxing. Oh my, it is exhausting. I had another seizure today, at 6:30 am , and Emma didn't get it. Mom and Dad rushed in and asked Emma to check and speak, check and speak, its just all so overwhelming, but I know she'll get it cause she's so smart. We just love her. She reminds Dad and Mom of my Mom's dog growing up, Heidi. She was smart and loveable, and could "sit pretty" as Emma has been taught.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Day 2 of Training

Wow, Emma slept with me all night. I had a big seizure at 4:30 am, but she didn't really understand. She was very calm, but didn't do much else. I slept most of the day through class. My Mom and Dad worked with Emma on Sit, down, shake, high five, give five and under. Mom also worked with Jennifer the trainer on heeling. Emma got to play with the other dogs and she is faster than all of them, I think she is a miniature race horse. I love her, and so do Mom and Dad.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

More pictures......

Here's the first pic of Margs and Emma, waiting for her treats.

Day 1

We got Emma!!!! She is precious. She is little, I have to bend down to give her a treat. She is very smart and has given me and my mom kisses. She can sit, sit pretty, roll over, play dead, lie down and is just the best. She isn't quite sure about us yet, she misses all her friends at 4 Paws but we hope to get better aquainted every day. My Mom is working on the picture front, so far its going slow. She may be up until midnight getting it all to work.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Made it to Ohio!!

We made it too Ohio on Sunday night. Didn't get to watch any of Shawn Johnson last night, big bummer for Mom. We drove to 4 Paws and peeked around but didn't go in. Now we are talking with Angel and Trevor and Jackie and Trent and found out they busted in today and saw Bruiser already, and got pictures! If we'd only known.....

The internet is very spotty here, so I'll try to post when I can.

SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!